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Will The U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit Hurt Relations?

By D.A. Barber, 02:12am AFKI Original

Early in 2014, the European Union faced a potential backlash – though it never came to pass – for its summit invitation list. Ahead of the European Union event, the African Union called for a boycott of the summit after hearing that Morocco, not a member of the AU, was invited while Sudan – an AU member – was excluded due to alleged human rights abuses. Critics claim the U.S. could potentially face similar challenges and questions have been raised as to whether some countries will “self-exclude” because of protocol sensitivities towards those countries that were not invited. “There was some talk about that, but I don’t expect that will happen,” Corporate Council on Africa’s Hayes told AFKInsider.

AFKI Commodities Report: Oil Prices Dips On Higher OPEC Output

Thinkstock By Lynda Davies, 01:16am AFKI Original

Oil prices weakened this week on higher output from the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and slowing U.S. demand which more than offset worries about the potential impact of new sanctions against Russia and ongoing violence and unrest in the Middle East, Ukraine and Libya. The oil market also appeared to ignore positive economic data from the U.S. and China, the world’s biggest oil consumers.

U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit From A Trans-Atlantic-European View

Photo: By István Tarrósy, 06:51am AFKI Original

Although Obama launched many promising programs, such as the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) in 2010, the African Food Summit in 2012, and the Power Africa Initiative in 2013 … “these did not move forward thereby entailing any meaningful progress aside rhetoric and political pretension, thus making the Obama Administration a sheer promise-giver not supported by real action.”

Reel Gardening Partners With Unilever in South Africa

By Makula Dunbar, 04:25pm AFKI Original

Claire Reid, founder of Reel Gardening, introduces her innovative agriculture product which simplifies planting. Included in a biodegradable paper strip is fertilizer, seeds and nutrients that help vegetables grow. In part three of the interview, Reid elaborates on company growth, partnerships and influences.

Q & A: Nigerian Singer Douye’ Enjoys American Success, Second Time Around

Photo courtesy of Douyé By Ann Brown, 01:11pm AFKI Original

Not restricted by boundaries, Nigerian American Douye’ mixes musical forms. These can be heard on her new indie album, “So Much Love,” her sophomore effort. Terry Shaddick and Douyé began collaborating on a series of songs that would eventually become her debut album, “Journey,” in 2007. The album received rave reviews worldwide, Douye’ said in an interview with AFKInsider.

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